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Friday, June 7, 1963 THE PROGRESS3 Official z Death of Pope John XXIII .werend and dear Father: June 3, 1963 This morning we received the sad, though not unexpected news of the death of our Holy Father, Pope John XXIII. Death must have come to him as a happy release after four days of intense suffering. Although he occupied the throne of Peter for less than five brief years, this humble, warm and friendly Shepherd quickly won a place in the hearts of people of every land and of every religious belief. will long be remembered as a Pontiff who dedi- his short pontificate to making the Church better understood in the world and to giving man- kind a renewed incentive and a revitalized formula for peace. So intimate and so direct was his contact with the Christian community, so great was the image of his personality ha every corner of the world, that in his passing we all experience a pro- found sense of personal loss. In the sincere love and devotion we bore our deceased Holy Father, we all not be unmindful of him and his needs at the tar. 1. Immediately upon the receipt of this letter, all pastors, chaplahas, religious superiors and others whom it may concern, will arrange to have at least aria requiem Mass offered for the repose of the soul : of our late Pope John XXIII. This Mass, where pos- sible, should be a solemn Mass, or at least a Missa Cantata. Due to the present restrictions of the sacred urgy in that regard, it is suggested that this Mass celebrated next Monday morning, June 10. Due announcement to the faithful should be made at all the Masses next Sunday ha order that they may have the opportunity of attending in as large numbers as possible, and, in a spirit of filial love, offering to God rtayers for the eternal repose of the soul of our e Pontiff. (Special faculties were received from the Holy See Wednesday morning, too late to be included in this letter, permitting every priest to say one Requiem Mass during this solemn Pentecostal Octave.) 2. A solemn pontifical Mass of requiem will be sung ha St. James Cathedral Monday afternoon, June , at 4 p.m., and a sermon suitable to the occasion II be preached. To this Mass the clergy, religious d the faithful are invited. It is suggested that the diocesan priests who attend the Mass come prepared to depart for St. Thomas Seminary immediately after the conclusion of the solemn Absolution. Dinner will be served at the Seminary at 6:30 p.m. for the open- ing of our annual retreat. 3. Arrangements should be made for some type Memorial Service in every classroom of every hool sometime during the remaining days of this ek. Suitable material for this observance may well be secured from any number of press notices that appeared in the daffy press and in The Progress dur- ing the past week or so. Permission is given for Bene- diction of the Most Blessed Sacrament in the parish church at the conclusion of the Memorial Service. On all school grounds the flag should be set at half- mast daily until the day followhag the actual burial our Holy Father. 4. Following is a list of prayers in the vernacular hich are to be recited as indicated. In addition, beginning with Sunday, June 16, and until the elec- tion of the new Sovereign Pontiff is announced, there shall be added to the Collects of all Masses, rubrics, permitting, the "Oratio pro Eligendo Summa Pon- tifice." (Cf. Ordo, Titulus XVI; Kennedy Ordo, TLtulus VI,2.) With every best wish and blessing, I am Shacerely your in Christ, Archbishop of Seattle Special Prayers For a period of thirty days, up to and including Wednesday, July 3rd, the following prayers are to be added to the Prayers After Mass, as indicated, at all Sunday and Week Day Masses in all churches and chapels of the Archdiocese: : Beginning immediately and through Saturday, June 15, the following prayer is to be sat.d: O God, Who in Thine inscrutable Providence, pleased to number among the Supreme Pontiffs rhy Servant, John, grant, we beseech Thee, that he who on earth was Vicar of Thy only Begotten Son, may forevermore have place among the holy bishops who in Heaven reign with Thee, thru the same Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who liveth and reigneth wi,th Thee, :in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end. -Amen. The following prayer is to be recited, beginning ,n Sunday, June 16, continuing until the successor our late Pope is elected:  O God, we most humbly beg of Thy boundless mercy to grant to Thy holy, Catholic Church, a Pope, a man full of zeal for us and pleasing to Thee, who may rule the Church well for the glory of Thy : name and may be held in honor of Thy people, thru Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and ' reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen. The following prayer is to be recited following election of the new Pontiff, up to and including Wednesday, July 3, 1963: : O God, the Shepherd and Ruler of all the faith- ful, look with favor upon Thy Servant, N ......... whom Thou hast appointed pastor of Thy Church; grant that by word and example he may assist those over whom he is placed so that Shepherd and flock may together attain everlasting life, thru Our Lord Jesus hrist, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth wJ,th Thee, n the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end, men. Confirmation of Adults The Sacrament of Confirmation will be admin- istered Sunday, June 9, at 3:00 p.m. to converts and adults of Seattle and vicini,ty at St. James Cathedral, Seattle. Each recipient will present a card to the chap- am assisting the Most Reverend Bishop in the con- g of the Sacrament. This card, which is to be procured from the proper pastor is to bear the name of the saint chosen as patron and other information as indicated thereon. A brief instruction on the Sacrament of Con- firmation and the order to be followed for the cere- mony itself will be given in St. James Cathedral on Saturday evening, June 8, at 8:00 p.m. 'Race Issue Is Between Men And God" THE HIGHLIGHTS of the Conference on Religion and Race was the opening address of the Most Reverend Thomas E. Gill, V.G., Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle, at the opening session Wednesday in Seattle University's Pigott Audi- torium. The Bishop, setting the course of the confer, nce Bishop Gill Sets Theme IOf Conference (Continued from Page 1) of intelligently planned action to achieve that goal." He warned that "otherwise controversy could mean confu- sion, frustration compounded, perhaps even explosion. "We are here to gather strength, not to scatter it," he emphasized. It hardly needs expression, therefore, that mutual respect for each other's position of conscience urges a disciplined concen- tration, in the use of this forum, on our common objec- tives, not our individual or group differences." "Furthermore," he continued, "our purpose is positive, not negative. That is to say, our true interest is in ameliorating a condition, not in fixing blame. We are here neither to accuse or convict nor on the other hand to justify, exonerate or glorify." The bishop drew a "path of communication" to reach the minds and hearts of the God- loving people and the nation's citizens. This path must be "illuminated by that disarming and cogent virtue, sincerity." Declaring that racism is ra- tionally and religiously dead, the Vicar General of the Arch- diocese of Seattle pointed out that segregation's revival has been through lack of sufficient personal awareness and of its viciousness. "Then perhaps we begin to see and to agree," he stated, "that the 'business' of reli- gious leaders is not that of merely registering some kind of instinctive reaction against those grave disorders and in- justices, the social and racial antagonisms that are growing up in our communities. Nor is it the business of merely uttering some kind of.elo- quent protest,  valuable' as such a protest may be. Our great work is to lay the faun' dation for that kind of reac- tion which will achieve lasting benefits." Action is needed, the Bishop said, in the light of truth, jus- tice and love as urged by Pope John. In answering how, Bishop Gill gave the one of Rev. Mar- tin Luther King, Negro leader of passive resistance: Self-education, making it "pal- pably clear" to Christians and Jews first and then to the entire American citizenry that "segre- gation is morally wrong and sinful; that it is established on pride, hatred and falsehood; that it is unbrotherly and anti- personal." "We must tackle the job of bringing our congregations and the whole American pub- lic into face-to-face confron- tation with the truth that seg- regation actually denies the sacredness of human person- ality, denies the conviction deeply rooted in our religious heritage that every man is heir to a legacy of dignity and worth," Bishop Gill empha- sized. Stating that there are such practical and suitable opportu- nities for each of those present to apply their energy to de- velop the necessary momentum to the enterprise and to keep it moving, he said. "And I hope they will not be just measures aimed at action in a stirring talk on "Race-Challenge to Religion" received a standing ovation after he finished. The 300 attendance included representatives of the Protestant, Jewish and Cath- olic faiths, among the latter many Religious and laity. THE REV. JOHN P. DOHERTY, archdiocesan director of the Confraternity of Chris: tian Doctrine and assistant superintendent of schools, served as one of the discussants on the workshop on moral issues in race relations and the policies and programs to de- segregate in the church and synagogue. With him (from left)are Dr. Joseph Cohen, sociology assistant professor at the University of Washington; and Rev. Samuel B. Me- Kinney, pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church. THE REV. Ambrose Toomey, O.P., chaplain of the UW Newman Club, was among the discussants at the workshop on the "Relation of Church and Synagogue to other Comnmnity Forces." Speaking with Father Toomey were Elliott N. Couden, realtor; and Dr. L. K. Northwood, UW professor. in Birmingham or somewhere else. We shall be missing the mark completely if we fail to shoot at targets right here in Seattle, in King County, in the State Of Washington. It is im- perative not to ignore the beam ifl our eye, so we must begin with our own locality, our own group, our own sphere of influ- ence. We owe to them first assistance in eradicating every trace of the dread germ of racism." Although there will be com- plications like in every effort touching such sensitive areas, these complexities must not serve as an excuse for inaction, the Bishop warned. Inaction must not compound "the guilt of past indifference and con- tribute to the growing massive pressures for social justice, pressures that demand release or threaten explosion." He praised the Negro for his "edifying example of patience and self-control" in seeking re- lief "from his soul-trying hu- miliation." The Negro's record before the world is a "prize performance for dignity, matu- rity and self-restraint in the face of flaunting arrogance on the part of those who have traf- ficked in his misery." "His plea, his petition," the Bishop continued, "has been pathetically modest -- simply the free exercise of his equal rights as a citizen. We seldom hear his demanding what, before God, he has the divine- ly given right to demand, that Clergy Retreat The annual retreat for the clergy will open Mon- day, June 10, 1963, at St. Thomas Seminary, Kenmore. The Reverend Pastors will announce to theLr parishioners where priests may be obtained for sick calls during the retreat. Episcopal Functions And Appointments All requests for episcopal functions and ap- pointments, that is, confirmation, dedications, jub- ilees, etc., in churches, institutions and for lay or- ganizations during the period JULY-DECEMBER, 1963, should be made in writing to The Chancery, 907 Terry Avenue, Seattle 4, before July 1, 1963. Appointments The following appointments have been approved by the Most Reverend Archbishop: The Reverend Francis Coony, C.Ss.R., Director, Palisades Retreat, Tacoma; The Reverend Edward Jennings, C.Ss.R., Retreat Master, Palisades Retreat, Tacoma. By Order of the Most Reverend Archbi.shop June 7, 1963 CO-CHAIRMEN of Seattle's first Conference on Religion and Race Wednesday offered to head a permanent inter- faith organization to spur action by religious groups in racial problems. The three (from left) are Rabbi Jacob Singer of Temple De Hirsch; Rev. John D. 'Lynch of St. James Cathedral; and Rev. Lenmel Petersen, American Baptist and executive minister of the Greater Seattle Coun- cil of Churches. he be recognized and accepted not merely as a peer but as a brother." Calling those committed by religious faith to the proposi- tion that the Negro is "really, truly and unequivocally our brother," the Bishop said that all must "shout that claim for him, to wage relentless struggle against all obstacles to its full recognition and to create an atmosphere wherein further de- nial of that sacred right will be self-manifest disloyalty to God and country." His concluding remarks fol- low: Nor may we rest there. We must push on to the consum- mation of God's design for human society, not just to the abolition of segregation nor the outlawing of discrimina- tion or to any of those exter- nally enforceable guarantees of good social order but to those deep, vital values which are outside the scope of law, those attitudes of the heart upon which the Kingdom of God is built. These we profess as inseparable and intimate truths of our faith .... It is the essence of our charity." Harkening the Bishop's words of "We have a message .... It needs to be heard .... it will he heard .... Let's speak up," del- egates later split up into four workshops and discussed the racial discrimination problem in the areas of the church and synagogue. One of 10 such local meet- ings in the country, the Seattle conference was convened by the Most Reverend Thomas A. Con- nolly, Archbishop of Seattle; Rev. Everett J. Jensen, presi- dent of the Greater Seattle Council of Churches, and Rabbi Raphael H. Levine of Temple De Hirsch. Resolutions submitted at the conference stated: 1) That the conference reaf- firm the Declaration of Con- science adopted by the National Conference on Religion and Race and call for the eradica- tion of racism. 2) That the conference urge the Mayor and City Council of Seattle to implement the propo- sals of the Citizens Advisory Committee on Minority Housing including the establishment of a human rights commission and the adoption of an open housing ordinance. This Seattle conference is the second of l0 local conferences scheduled following the nation- al meeting in Chicago in Janu- ary. The first local meet was in St. Louis. The only other west- ern conference is planned in Oakland, Calif. Sorrowing Throng Joins Procession (Continued from Page 1) Papal Throne, Prince Aspreno Colonna and Prince Alessandro Torlonia. Lay and clerical officials of the Vatican walked behind the princes and then came the m e m b e r s of the diplomatic corps accredited to the H o I y See. The procession was closed by another squad of Palatine Guard. At the entrance to the basi- lica the canons of St. Peter's awaited the body. After it was blessed with holy water, it was carried into the church, which was closed to the public. From the square those watch- ing could see the brilliantly lit interior through the open door- way. The main aisle of the church was flanked by the rows of green-covered seats in which the world's bishops had sat while attending the first session of the ecumenical council. As the great doors swung shut, those outside could hear the chanting and prayers in- side as they were carried over loudspeakers. The next day June 5 the first of the nine daily Masses for a deceased Pope were begun. At the same time the public was admitted to the basilica to pay their last respects to Pope John as he lay in state. Remains Entombed In the absence of the body, which was entombed at a priv- ate ceremony in the crypt of St. Peter's June 6 at 6 p.m., the rest of the Masses were offered in the presence of a huge catafalque draped in violet and topped by a triple crown characteristic of the papacy. (Pope John's body was in- terred provisionally in a crypt in St. Peter's near the tempo- rary burial place of Pope Plus X, who has been proclaimed a saint. Pope John's final rest- ing place will he decided after his will has been read.) Pope John was buried wear- ing a ring mounted with a sixth- century coin bearing the figure of Christ. The Pope had bought it in Istanbul, where he was stationed when he was Apostolic Delegate in Turkey. Cardinals Begin Daily Meetings On June 4, prior to the pro- cession, a restricted meeting of cardinals was held to call the first general cardinals' meeting to begin preparations for the conclave to elect a successor to Pope John. The first general meeting was held June 5 at 10 a.m. The cardinals are meeting daily until the conclave begins on June 19. The restricted congregation of June 4 consisted of Bene- detto Cardinal Aloisi Masella, Chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church, and the heads of the three orders of cardinals: Eu- gene Cardinal Tisserant, Dean of Cardinal-Bishops; Santiago Cardinal Copello, Dean of Cardinal-Priests; and Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani, Dean of Cardinal-Deacons. No details of the meeting were released. In the general assembly, the cardinals meet to prepare for the conclave. They have no au- thority to make any decisions except in the most pressing matters confronting the Church. These decisions can be set aside by the new pontiff. Seal Broken Among the first business of the general assembly was to make sure that the seal of the fisherman's ring and the seal of the apostolic chancery have been broken. This ceremony is held to make sure that no docu- ment may be forged by the seal of a pope who could no longer deny its authenticity. The fish- erman's ring is kept in the apostolic chancery and is never worn by the pope, although he does wear an episcopal ring which is often erroneously called the fisherman's ring. Other business before the general assembly is to order obsequies for the dead pope and to appoint committees of cardinals to prepare for the conclave. One committee provides for material construction of the conclave apartments, another chooses who will be in the service of the conclave, and the third examines the credentials of those to be admitted into the conclave. The general asserdbly also approves the budget pro- posed for the expenses of the conclave and authorizes issu- ance of coins and stamps com- memorating the "sede vacante" period. As soon as the Pope's death was announced June 3, cen- turies-old traditions came again into use. Bronze Doors Closed As is customary following a pontiff's death, the bronze doors of the apostolic palace were closed. The official party charged with performing the "recogni- tion of death" ceremony en- tered the deceased Pope's room as the bells of St. Peter's tradi- tionally tolled the sad news of his death. Each bell in the great church tolled nine times in turn. Then two bells tolled together, and finally each of the bells again tolled nine times. As the doleful tones broke out across the fading evening sky, a hush fell over the milling thousands in St. Peter's square. The only other sounds in the warm night were from an oc- casional portable radio, whis- pered remarks and the splash- ing of the waters in the flood- lit fountains. As the news of the Pope's death spread, throngs of people entered and left the square. Television camera trucks, heavy and hot with arclights, were stationed by the obelisk to televise the moving scene to the world. Meanwhile, the recognition party had gathered outside the Pope's room and immediately following the Pontiff's death had entered to perform their sad duty. The party was c6m- posed of Eugene Cardinal Tis- serant, Dean of the College of Cardinals; Cardinal Aloisi Ma- sella; Msgr. Federico Callori di Vignale, Prefect of the Apos- tolic Palaces; Msgr. Nasalli Rocca; Archbishop E n r ieo Dante, Prefect of Papal Mas- ters of Ceremonies; Dr. Maria Fontana, director of Vatican health services; and the three physicians who had attended the Pope--Drs. Antonio Gas- barrini, Piero Mazzoni and Pietro Valdoni. Depart From Tradition It was then announced that there would be several depar. tures from traditional usage re- garding the Pope's lying in state. His body was not taken to the Sistine chapel as is cus- tomary, nor was it vested in the usual white cassock and red mozetta (short cape). Instead the body was dressed in full pontifical vestments and lay in state in the sitting room of 'the papal apartments. At 9:30 that night June 3 the "rogito" on Pope John was signed in the study of Arch- bishop Angelo Dell'Acqua, Sub- stitute for Ordinary Affairs in the Papal Secretariat of State. The "rogito" is a formal docu- ment in Latin recounting the highlights in the career of the deceased Pontiff and describ- ing his death. Present for the ceremony were Cardinal Aloisi Masella; Archbishop Luigi Centoz, Vice Chamberlain o f t h e H o I y Roman Church; Msgr. Salvo- tore Natueci, Treasurer of the Apostolic Chamber; Arch- bishop Dell'Acqua; Msgr. Igino Cardinale, Chief of Pro- tocol of the Papal Secretariat of State; and other prelates. The document was read by Guglielmo Felici, a lay attorney who is secretary of the Aposto- lic Chamber. It affirmed that the Chamberlain went to the Pope's room where he deter- mined that the Pontiff was dead and that his fisherman's ring had been turned over to the Chamberlain by Archbishop Dante and Msgr. Loris Capo- villa, the Pope's private secre- tary. Conference Hears Judqe Personal involvement is essential in combatting racial discrimination, de- clared King County Superior Court Judge Solie M. Ringold at the Conference on Religion and Race Wednesday at Seattle University. Addressing the conference dinner in the Student Union Building, Judge Ringold scored the "real estate broker, banker or apartment house operator who practices discrimination yet never misses a service at his church or synagogue." "Conferences like this are not enough," he said. "We look to the church and syna- gogue for the passion of the prophets to arouse the per- sonal identification of each of us with the plight of the minority races and religions." His dinner address highlight- ed the evening program of the one-day conference, attended by 300 Catholic, Protestant and Jewish representatives. The co-chairmen of Seattle's first conference also offered to head a permanent inter-faith drive organization to spur ,ac- tion by religious groups in racial problems. They are Rev. John D. Lynch of St. James Cath dral; Rev. Lemuel Petersen, Executive Minister of the Greater Seattle Council of Churches, and Rabbi Jacob Singer of Temple De Hirseh. The permanent organization would have as its purpose the implementation of proposals and workshop group sugges- tions made by the conference and the leadership of the clergy in the field of race relations. Following Bishop Thomas E. Gill's afternoon address, dele- gates split into four workshops to discuss the following topics: "Life in the Church and Synagogue (racial exclusion and desegregation)," "Re- spensibility of Church and Synagogue, .... Church and Synagogue in a Racially Changing Community," and "Relation of Church and Syn- agogue to Other Community Forces."